1. From Bucharest: Black Sea and Constanta
Start this tour with a short panoramic tour of Constanta and a visit to the Navy Museum comprised of four eras: ancient, medieval, modern and contemporary. The building houses a large part of the historical patrimony of the Navy and is itself declared a historical monument. Next, head towards the Bulgarian town of Balchik situated on the seashore. The greatest landmark of the city is the Palace which has remained from the Romanian occupation. It was the former summer residence of the Romanian Queen Maria Alexandrina Victoria De Edinburgh. The palace complex consists of a number of residential villas, a smoking hall, a wine cellar, a power station, a monastery, a holy spring, a chapel and many other buildings, as well as most notably, a park that is today a state-run botanical garden. Since 1940, the heart of Queen Marie of Romania rests in a glass jar in the Balchik chapel - her last wish before she died.